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Meaning of CAPTIVE

Pronunciation:  'kaptiv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an animal that is confined
  2. [n]  a person held in the grip of a strong emotion or passion
  3. [n]  a person who is confined; especially a prisoner of war
  4. [adj]  in captivity
  5. [adj]  deeply moved; "sat completely still, enraptured by the music"; "listened with rapt admiration"; "rapt in reverie"

CAPTIVE is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: confined, enraptured, imprisoned, jailed, moved(p), prisoner, rapt, unfree
 See Also: animal, animate being, beast, brute, con, convict, creature, detainee, emotional person, fauna, gaolbird, hostage, inmate, internee, jailbird, political detainee, political prisoner, POW, prisoner of war, surety, unfortunate, unfortunate person



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Cap"tive\, n. [L. captivus, fr. capere to take: cf. F.
    captif. See {Caitiff}.]
    1. A prisoner taken by force or stratagem, esp., by an enemy,
       in war; one kept in bondage or in the power of another.
             Then, when I am thy captive, talk of chains.
    2. One charmed or subdued by beaty, excellence, or affection;
       one who is captivated.
  2. \Cap"tive\, a.
    1. Made prisoner, especially in war; held in bondage or in
             A poor, miserable, captive thrall.    --Milton.
    2. Subdued by love; charmed; captivated.
             Even in so short a space, my wonan's heart Grossly
             grew captive to his honey words.      --Shak.
    3. Of or pertaining to bondage or confinement; serving to
       confine; as, captive chains; captive hours.
  3. \Cap"tive\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Captived}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Captiving}.]
    To take prisoner; to capture.
          Their inhabitans slaughtered and captived. --Burke.
Easton Bible Dictionary

one taken in war. Captives were often treated with great cruelty and indignity (1 Kings 20:32; Josh. 10:24; Judg. 1:7; 2 Sam. 4:12; Judg. 8:7; 2 Sam. 12:31; 1 Chr. 20:3). When a city was taken by assault, all the men were slain, and the women and children carried away captive and sold as slaves (Isa. 20; 47:3; 2 Chr. 28:9-15; Ps. 44:12; Joel 3:3), and exposed to the most cruel treatment (Nah. 3:10; Zech. 14:2; Esther 3:13; 2 Kings 8:12; Isa. 13:16, 18). Captives were sometimes carried away into foreign countries, as was the case with the Jews (Jer. 20:5; 39:9, 10; 40:7).

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